by Terry Rogers
On Thursday, June 21, Brandywine Counseling and Community Services opened its fourth Delaware treatment center in Milford. The new center is located at 69 East Masten Circle behind County Bank.
“Today, we are here to celebrate growth and hope in our communities,” Lynn Fahey, Ph.D., CEO of Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, said. “Often, you will hear in our field, folks talking about planting a seed in individuals and sometimes the joy is in watching that seed grow. Sometimes, when you plant that seed, it may grow at a later time or at a different pace than what we want it to grow. A small seed can grow into a mighty trunk and we all know that with patience, support and real care, our clients can also have that growth, becoming vibrant, wonderful futuristic-looking folks in our community.” Those who attended the event were given packets of seeds to represent the work of the counseling center.
The new center is a 10,000 square-foot facility with rooms designed to treat 300 individuals. There is also a drop-in center that will assist more than 50 individuals each day. The center plans to offer prevention programs in schools as well as provide behavioral health assessments for adults and adolescents. Individual, group and family outpatient counseling will be offered along with intensive outpatient and psychotherapy services. Medication-assisted treatments including methadone, suboxone and vivitrol will also be available.
“When we talk about Brandywine, we are talking about substance abuse treatment,” Lt. Governor Bethany Hall Long said. “To those who are in the field in the trenches, you rock and you matter. It could be my son or anyone’s child who is suffering from substance abuse and addiction. On average, now, we are losing one person per day in our state. That is a lost dream, a lost hope and a lost future. I have great hope for Brandywine opening here as they provide great treatment. We have to encourage people to talk about this, especially now that we have had public figure who have committed suicide or overdosed or those who have come forward about their problem. It is not something to be ashamed of.”
Mayor Archie Campbell welcomed Brandywine to Milford as did State Representative Charles Postles who served on the Milford School District Board of Education several years ago.
“Things have changed since I was on the board,” Representative Postles said. “So much of the drug overdoses are related to the opioid epidemic, often because of misprescribed medication which causes a downward spiral. We have seen mass violence perpetrated in schools. Bullying and an unstable home life many students must endure are leading to these conditions and challenges. The services offered here are going to address those issues, providing education, preventive and intervention kinds of things.”
Milford Police Chief Kenneth Brown pointed out that Milford is a rapidly growing community and, “with growth, comes every walk of life.” He explained that Milford has a need for these types of services in order to give people in the area options. “The fact that there is a drop-in service that allows the police to contact Brandywine at any time when they have an individual who needs assistance is also a benefit,” said Chief Brown.
Brandywine Counseling and Community Services is a non-profit organization that offers accessible behavior health resources to those impacted by substance abuse, mental health issues, HIV and their related challenges. To learn more about the services offered, call 302-656-2348 or visit www.brandywinecounseling.org.
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